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Ethiopia ArianeGroup to build satellite manufacturing and testing centre

Ethiopia announced it will soon launch satellite manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing (MAIT) facilities in Addis Ababa, as part of the second phase of its space development programme, reports Ecofin. The project, which has been entrusted to the French space company ArianeGroup, is expected to start in January 2020 with a completion deadline of 30 months.

The amount of the investment was not disclosed but, according to the Ethiopian ministry of innovation and technology, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is backing the project through an agreement with the Ethiopian government and ArianeGroup. The engineering research and development directorate of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute will lead the facility’s management once construction is completed.

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